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12 Days of Christmas 2015: Day 7

“An electrifying (and sometimes terrifying) Elijah”

After only two years there are already many Southwell Music Festival performances that will live long in the memory: Andrew Foster-Williams’ impersonation of the prophet Elijah in Mendelssohn’s great oratorio will undoubtedly be among them.

In the Nottingham Post, William Ruff described Mr Foster-Williams as “an electrifying (and sometimes terrifying) Elijah who sang entirely from memory and who brought operatic passion to every aspect of his role”.

Elijah, performed in Southwell Minster on Saturday 29th August, was the central work at the 2015 Festival and today’s extract demonstrates all the qualities William Ruff mentioned to full effect.  The conductor was Festival Founder and Artistic Director Marcus Farnsworth.

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The 2016 Festival takes place from 25-29 August.  The programme will be launched at a special concert on Friday 18th March at 7.30pm in Southwell Minster.